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The 4th Annual New Deal Writing Competition is Now Open!

The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts is hosting their fourth annual New Deal Writing Competition! This is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of GVCA as inspiration for their short story. For this year’s competition, we have selected Jacques Zucker’s “Fountain, Central Park” from our New Deal art gallery as your inspiration. The painting chosen is featured below.

GVCA will be accepting submissions for the competition from July 1, 2018 – April 5, 2019. The first-place winner will be awarded $200, second-place $100, and third-place $50. However, the first-place winner will additionally be published in GVCA’s annual magazine, Artsphere. This is an international competition, so we hope to receive a wide array of submissions, however it should be noted that prize money will be given in U.S. dollars. This contest will use blind judging—that is, the author’s name will be withheld from the judges until the competition is complete—so we ask that every author omit their personal information from
their piece(s). Instead, please include a one-page cover sheet for each submission that includes:
title, author, address, and phone number.
Here are some more guidelines and requirements for the competition:

● There is a $5.00 submission fee per piece submitted, up to three (3) pieces
● Entrants must be 18+ years of age
● The piece submitted must be previously unpublished
● All entries must be 10,000 words or less
● There are no genre restrictions
● Winners will be announced May 5, 2019
● Email entries to in WORD doc format
If you’re interested in reading the pieces of winners from previous years, or finding out
more information about the contest, check out our website:

New Deal Writing Competition

Thank you for submitting!